Cherokee River Cane: Natural Dye of Cane & Cherokee Baskets with Betty Maney

December 13, 2019

Alarka Expeditions & Cowee Textiles have a very special program about WNC river cane and how the Cherokee basket makers have used this material for generations. Betty Maney will give a talk on how she dyes the cane andd examples of her Cherokee baskets. She is one of the few basket makers using this material. It takes hours of work from cutting the cane to the finished basket.

1pm - 3pm. $20 per person. Space is limited. 

Nature in Winter Series with Alarka Expeditions: 4 Workshops

January 11, 2020

Are you unwilling to let cold weather and drear interfere with your love of nature? Do you want to expand your knowledge and awareness of the winter world around you? Then this series is for you. This also makes a fantastic gift for the nature lover on your gift-list.

This four-part course will include workshops of winter tree identification, lichens, mosses, and phenology. You'll end winter anticipating the next one.

 

Cost for all four is $200 (does not include lino-cut workshop). Individually, $55 each. 

"We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives." ~Gary Zukav

Winter Nature Journaling and Phenology

January 11, 2020

We're starting the series off with a dive into observation and journaling. We'll spend the morning reviewing various nature journalists and artists from over the years, have a few creative classroom exercises, then head for the great outdoors. No matter the weather, something interesting is going on and we're going to seek it. You'll leave the day inspired by the world around you and ready for a life of record keeping and observation. $55. 

Linoleum Cuts and Printing with Craig Burkhalter

January 14, 2020

This two day class, Tuesdays, January 14 & 21st, will introduce students to the process of making prints from linoleum cuts. Craig will train participants in how to create their own designs and images with the use of a carving knife and blank linoleum block. Once complete, participants will learn how to make prints from those cuts using simple ink and roller processes. No experience required. Materials are included, which includes hand tools and blank linoleum, paper, and ink. $130. Register here. 

Lichen workshop with Jennifer Love

January 18, 2020

These mysterious organisms have fascinated people for years. Spend the day delving into the enchanting world of lichens as we learn their basic ecology, identification, and natural history. Jennifer Love is the STEM Coordinator for Macon County Schools. She first began learning about lichens in 2006 while assisting with a lichen distribution database in Georgia. She has taught her basic lichen class at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville Botanical Gardens and Coweeta Hydrologic Lab. $55. 

Winter Tree Identification with Brent & Angela

January 25, 2020

Trees reveal their true character in winter, and there is no better time to learn their features for identification. Yes, leaves are great, but what about branches, buds, structure, bark? We'll start morning in the classroom learning the basics, and then we’ll take lunch to the field, where the afternoon will be spent in observation of trees in the wild. Attendees will leave the day with a new awareness of how to appreciate trees in their daily lives and how to increase their powers of observation in the natural world. 10:00AM to approximately 4:00PM. $55.


What do you need for the course?
Hand Lens
Notebook/Journal
Pen, pencil (a set of colored pencils or pens will add to your experience if you like to draw)
Appropriate clothing for the day’s forecast
Pack Picnic Lunch/Water

Optional:
William Bartram’s Travels (available in paperback, best to get the Harper’s Edition)
The Law’s Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
Binoculars

Homeplace: A History of Folk Dwellings in Southwestern North Carolina

January 30, 2020

This day long workshop will start out at the Cowee School with a presentation on southwestern North Carolina folk architecture followed by an afternoon afield examining and exploring some of  Macon County's unique historical structures an dwellings.  

 

 Michael Ann Williams is the author of Homeplace:  The Social Use and Meaning of the Folk Dwelling in Southwestern North Carolina (University of Georgia Press, 1991).  She moved to western North Carolina  almost forty years ago to survey historic architecture for the NC Division of Archives and History.  Subsequently, she served as the Folklife Specialist for the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.  After completing her dissertation, an oral history based study of the use of traditional homes in southwestern NC, she found a job at Western Kentucky University, where she taught folklore and historic preservation for over thirty years.  She has published books on traditional architecture, the folklife of the Great Smoky Mountains, and the history of barn dances and  folk festivals.  In October, the American Folklore Society awarded her a lifetime achievement award for academic leadership.  This year Michael Ann and her husband, David Carpenter (a Macon County native) returned to live full-time in the mountains. 

 

Cost $55.  Hardback copies of Homeplace are available at the Alarka office for a discount of $15, or they may be purchased the day of the workshop.

Mosses, Liverworts, Hornworts with Ed Schwartzman

February 01, 2020

Our Appalachian mountains are a bryophyte rich landscape, adding an incredible spectrum of greenery and lushness to our forests and playing an important ancient role in their ecology. Learn your mosses, hornworts and liverworts with botanical wizard, Ed Schwartzman in beautiful Cowee Valley. Ed Schwartzman is the owner operator of Joe Pye Ecological Consulting, based in Asheville, NC. He is a botanist/ecologist with a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. His professional expertise includes botany, bryology, herpetology, and forest and wetland ecology. Ed previously worked as a biologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) for 10 years, conducting natural area inventories in the NC mountains. Microscopes and materials provided! 10AM to 4PM.(photo by Laura Hodge)

Winter Tree Identification with Brent & Angela (repeat of Jan. 25th)

February 04, 2020

Trees reveal their true character in winter, and there is no better time to learn their features for identification. Yes, leaves are great, but what about branches, buds, structure, bark? We'll start morning in the classroom learning the basics, and then we’ll take lunch to the field, where the afternoon will be spent in observation of trees in the wild. Attendees will leave the day with a new awareness of how to appreciate trees in their daily lives and how to increase their powers of observation in the natural world. 10:00AM to approximately 4:00PM. $55.


What do you need for the course?
Hand Lens
Notebook/Journal
Pen, pencil (a set of colored pencils or pens will add to your experience if you like to draw)
Appropriate clothing for the day’s forecast
Pack Picnic Lunch/Water

Optional:
William Bartram’s Travels (available in paperback, best to get the Harper’s Edition)
The Law’s Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling
Binoculars

Forensic Botany with Ed Schwartzman

February 15, 2020

This workshop will be a full day in Macon County's botanically unique Serpentine Barrens with one of our region's greatest botanists, Ed Schwartzman. Ed is the owner operator of Joe Pye Ecological Consulting, based in Asheville, NC. He is a botanist/ecologist with a Master’s Degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland. His professional expertise includes botany, bryology, herpetology, and forest and wetland ecology. He previously worked as a biologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) for 10 years, conducting natural area inventories in the NC mountains. 

Participants will learn to identify species by basal leaves, seed heads, stems, and many other winter characteristics.  Not to be missed!  $55, 

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All participants are required to sign a waiver upon arrival at any Alarka Expeditions/Institute events. At all events, participants are responsible for their own safety. 

For river trips please, let us know if you will be renting a vessel from our new fleet or if you will be bringing your own boat.  

Email us for other payment options at: alarkaexpeditions@gmail.com 

Cancellation policy: Until 7 days prior to event, full refund. After 7 days, 50% refund. No refunds within 24 hours. Full refund in the event we cancel due to weather. 

For more information contact us at: alarkaexpeditions@gmail.com 

Or call:

828-361-0347

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